A really big thank you to all the people who have visited my YOU TUBE video for my single ” As The Nights Draw In” …. more than 500 of you in just over 4 days – unbelievable! … A really big push now between us all is what we really need to get a Herefordshire artist’s release noticed – without using “big money promotion” …. so tell your friends to go to YOU TUBE and search for VALERYAN – AS THE NIGHTS DRAW IN .. or just click on the picci above ….
We can do it between us!
To my amazement I’ve just discovered that one of my tracks from Rolling Road has been included in a new compilation album about British Folk Music – The Beginners Guide to British Folk. There are 16 tracks on the album and include such distinguished artists as Ewan McColl, Jacqui McShee, and Pentangle plus the band I was part of in the mid 70s – The Settlers!
If you click on the album cover it will take you to the Amazon page where you’ll be able to hear the song.
NEW ALBUM – REFLECTIONS – MARCH 2014
REFLECTIONS ALBUM HISTORIC INCLUSIONS!?
Three of the tracks on Reflections are a real blast from the past – Number 12A Heartache Square, My Love Loves Me ( the one with harps and massive orchestration!) and Drifter’s Sunrise have all been remastered from vinyl and were originally released on Decca when I was a kid in the middle 60’s, using my birth name Valerie Anne Lawrence!
Country Roads as it appears here could be a collector’s item for Settlers fans … it starts using an old rehearsal tape of a Settlers back in 1976 where I’m singing one of the harmony lines, and it drifts into my 2013 version of the song …..
… and of course Whichaway Billy and Hobbit Land are Settlers releases, also remastered from vinyl, featuring a very young me on lead vocals … but NOT I must add on female backing vocals which are a complete mystery to me .. no idea who provided those – it certainly wasn’t me!
THE NEW RECORDINGS
Long Black Veil is a new recording of one of my favourites from folk club days many years ago, while At 17, I’ve always loved but never got to sing until 2013 when we started this project. La Mer was a challenge from my music partner and producer and I can’t resist a challenge – and The Lightning Tree is a totally different version of the old Settlers hit from the early 70s. This recording of She Moved Through the Fair, which I’ve been singing a capella for many years, was added to the collection in early March 2014 … and the new version of My Love Loves Me was recorded in 2013 … what a difference time makes ….
Anyway – hope you enjoy some of these Reflections from my music career as much as I have enjoyed recording them, both long ago as well as here and now ….
“The Settlers Anthology” goes live on I-TUNES on the 6th October
There are two songs featuring a very young Valeryan singing lead on … Hobbitland and Whichaway Billy
Please click on the album cover to visit our I-Tunes page